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From Russia, with love

An ageing science powerhouse, Russia remains hard for Europeans to penetrate. France’s National Center for Scientific Research has a man in Moscow, Vladimir Mayer. He tells Elizabeth Gibney about corruption, modernisation and collaboration.

What does the CNRS office for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States actually do?

Many things. We maintain relations with the Russian Academy of Sciences, universities and major funding agencies, facilitate different types of international collaborations, such as exchange programmes and virtually linked laboratories, and help to arrange French visas for Russian scientists. We also follow everything happening here in R&D and science and make reports about that.

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